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Whats a panic attack?

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Dr. Soroosh Armandi
Anti-Aging Medicine
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In brief: DSM IV defintion

A discrete period of intense fear or discomfort, in which four (or more) of the following symptoms developed abruptly and reached a peak within 10 minutes: 1) palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate 2) sweating 3) trembling or shaking 4) sensations of shortness of breath or smothering 5) feeling of choking 6) chest pain or discomfort (cont.
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In brief: DSM IV defintion

A discrete period of intense fear or discomfort, in which four (or more) of the following symptoms developed abruptly and reached a peak within 10 minutes: 1) palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate 2) sweating 3) trembling or shaking 4) sensations of shortness of breath or smothering 5) feeling of choking 6) chest pain or discomfort (cont.
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Dr. Soroosh Armandi
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Dr. Soroosh Armandi
7) nausea or abdominal distress 8) feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded, or faint 9) derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself) 10) fear of losing control or going crazy 11) fear of dying 12) paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations) 13) chills or hot flushes.
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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Anxiety

Panic attacks-when they re-occur, are part of panic disorder.
It's fairly common as are the anxiety disorders in general. During a panic attack, one may feel as though they are going crazy or losing their minds. The person may feel short of breath, have chest pains & heart palpitations. Some go the er, afraid they are having a heart attack. There are excellent, non-addicting available treatments.

In brief: Anxiety

Panic attacks-when they re-occur, are part of panic disorder.
It's fairly common as are the anxiety disorders in general. During a panic attack, one may feel as though they are going crazy or losing their minds. The person may feel short of breath, have chest pains & heart palpitations. Some go the er, afraid they are having a heart attack. There are excellent, non-addicting available treatments.
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Panic attack

Sudden intense anxiety or apprehension accompanied by sense of impending doom and other hyperarousal symptoms, either due to medical causes or part of panic disorder.

In brief: Panic attack

Sudden intense anxiety or apprehension accompanied by sense of impending doom and other hyperarousal symptoms, either due to medical causes or part of panic disorder.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Panic

Please refer to my answer above, for detail description.

In brief: Panic

Please refer to my answer above, for detail description.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: Panic attacks can

Develop rapidly w sxs of: anxiety; rapid, pounding heart beat; chest tightness/pain; shortness of breath w hyperventilation; hot or cold flashes; sense of butterflies in stomach, nausea or vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; ^ sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking, difficulty swallowing or tight throat; a sense that you aren't real or that the world around you is >.

In brief: Panic attacks can

Develop rapidly w sxs of: anxiety; rapid, pounding heart beat; chest tightness/pain; shortness of breath w hyperventilation; hot or cold flashes; sense of butterflies in stomach, nausea or vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; ^ sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking, difficulty swallowing or tight throat; a sense that you aren't real or that the world around you is >.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
surreal. You may be afraid you're going crazy or that you'll die. Panic attacks usually peak w/i 10 mins & than v, but can leave you exhausted or w residual anxiety.
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